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My Van Conversion

My First Cupboard

By on 29th December 2016

Storage is very important in any van conversion build. When I head off on my travels around Europe I want to be able to take plenty of items with me such as clothes, kitchen items, laptop, outdoors equipment and much more. My van is not massive inside so I have to think of ideas to maximise storage.

 

At the end of my bed had about 500mm gap between the bed and the rear door, this is a great place to have a storage cupboard. The cupboard was pretty easy to build except the door… I hated making and installing the door.

 

Stage 1: The Frame

The cupboard is built off the end of my bed and is as wide as I can make it.

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Cupboard frame at end of bed

 

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This is how wide the cupboard will be.

 

The frame is fixed to the floor, bed walls and ceiling with screws.

 

Stage 2: Shelves

 

Inside the cupboard I wanted multiple shelves but I didn’t know what heights I needed them as I don’t know what I will be putting inside it yet.

So I came up with the idea of having different choices of heights to always suit my needs. This was simply built by screwing small strips of wood 250mm height apart from each other and the ply shelve would then pull in and out on whatever height needed.

 

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Wooden strips 250mm height apart from each other

 

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Ply shelve that can move in and out on different shelves

 

Stage 3: Cladding

The whole cupboard is cladded and will be stained at some point in the build. I will do this to all my furniture I make.

 

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Cladding just screws at top, middle and bottom

I was not too bothered about getting it a perfect fit at the top as I will put some type of trim on.

 

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Finished cladding the whole cupboard

 

Stage 4: Door

Now all I need to do Is make a door. I struggled for ideas on how to make it and what type of design. I just didn’t what it to look like the cladding.

 

I really hated making this door, not because it was hard or tricky but because either I was having a bad day or it was Cursed… Probably just a bad day. I remade this cupboard 3 times because I kept making it wrong, cutting or measure wrong and it breaking. I did manage to actually make it EVENTUALLY.

 

First I measured the cupboard for the door, length and width, then took away 6mm from the original measurement, this is so the door will be smaller than the cupboard and would leave 3mm each side for movement of the door.

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Frame of door cut to shape

 

Once the frame was screwed together  I put a trim of wood in the middle of the door so the middle section of the door would have something to fix to.

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Wood trim glued all around the middle section of door

 

Ply is then cut to shape and slotted in the middle of the door and glued on to the wood trim.

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Ply cut to shape and glued to the wooded strips in the middle

 

 

That is how I build my first cupboard. I have used up space at the end of the bed to maximise storage and the cupboard can change shelve heights. PERFECT.

Later in the build I think I will add a tv on the side of it and a fuse box inside for future ideas.

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Door installed

 

Thanks for reading. Any questions or different ideas you may have for storage then please let me know. Thanks

 

 


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